Casa Bellavista, Bed and Breakfast in Cortona
We decided to open our home to those who wish to live the simple but true pace of the Tuscan countryside. It is an unforgettable experience to enjoy a breakfast of cakes and homemade pies. It's also enjoyable to relax in the garden with a glass of wine, listening to the singing of birds or to dine, savoring the foods typical to Tuscan land and tradition.
The rooms which the clients of Casa Bellavista enjoy today are the rooms which the family used prior to the restoration of the old tobacco barn (the “stufa”) where the family now lives. The main house is now known as Casa Bellavista Bed and Breakfast. Casa Bellavista traces its history back to Roman times. In the MAEC museum in Cortona, Casa Bellavista is shown on one of the early maps as a settlement a short distance from the city of Cortona. As for modern times, Casa Bellavista produces its own “green power” with the recent installation of solar panels.
Other written record of the homestead dates to the second half of the 18th century, when Casa Bellavista was a farm producing extra virgin olive oil, grains, and tobacco used for the famous Toscana cigar. In addition to the main house a smaller building, now completely restored, was once used for drying tobacco leaves.
The ground floor rooms of the main house were stables for Chianina beef cattle, well- known for providing delicious "Fiorentina" steak. The upper floor was the family’s home. Due to extensive restoration in the 1970’s, external walls and parts of the interior remain from the original building.